Short course calendar

Systems: Holistic Engineering

16 April 2018 - 20 April 2018


The aim of this module is for the student to understand the range of challenges thrown up by complex engineering projects and the techniques that can be applied to overcome them. Whilst the nature of the role of engineering has evolved markedly over recent decades, it is the ability to take that role's holistic perspective that the module aims to develop in the student. This perspective can be associated with the role of Chief Engineer and the course gives a 21st century view of what the role of Chief Engineer entails.

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All engineers know that taking a system apart to its component level destroys its properties and performance and that the specified system design dictates how the components behave when they are assembled correctly. Understanding this, engineers coax higher order system behaviour from basic interactions between components, learning lots along the way, often from unintended consequences. The sophisticated nature of today’s engineered systems, their ability to provide huge benefits and the associated risk of undesirable unintended consequences means that holism must now always be central to engineering throughout the lifecycle or the consequences must be faced. 

A booking of at least 3 weeks prior to the short course start date is required.

This module is a component of the MSc Systems Engineering.

If you wish, you may take the assessment and accumulate credits towards a postgraduate award. 

Course details

Course code
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
One week
Course leader
Prof. Michael Henshaw
Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Places available
Subject to availability - please contact


Target audience
The course is aimed both at qualified engineers (or managers with an engineering background) who aspire to gain an understanding of the knowledge and skills necessary for technical leadership of large, complex, multi-disciplinary projects.
Previous experience
The principles of systems engineering will be used extensively in the module and while a primer/refresher will be provided during the introduction, a background in the subject will be a significant advantage.


100% Coursework


Course fee
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Accommodation costs
Not included
Accommodation information
A variety of on and off campus accommodation to suit different budgets is available from imago, our conference and events service. Go to


Cancellations: in the event of cancellation by the delegate, an administration fee of £250.00 for each student place is levied.  Cancellations must be received at least 10 working days prior to the start of the course.  We regret that no refund of course fees can be made for cancellations received after this date. 

To apply for a refund you must inform us, in writing, and provide written evidence of the original payment as refunds will only be paid to the account from where it originated. 

The University also reserves the right to make reasonable alterations to the content of the course.  In the event of cancellation by the University, fees will be refunded in full.  It does not accept liability for costs incurred by delegates or their organisations for cancellation of travel arrangements and/or accommodation.